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Simple Outdoor Summer Games For Kids

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Family Fun | 5 comments

Simple summer days….don’t you love them? Easy meals, relaxed fun with family and friends, a carefree feeling in the air.

Here’s a few outdoor games for your family to try. You probably have a=most, if not all of the items needed. Get your camera out and grab a few silly shots!

1. Noodle Toss
Hang a hula hoop from a tree and see who can toss a pool noodle through it. Have a starting line and when you get the noodle through you take a step back. The player who is the farthest away is the winner.

2. Rubber Band Hunt (good for the beach)
Hide an odd number of colored rubber bands in a pile of sand. Give each player a chopstick. On the word “Go”, each player uses their chopstick to dig through the sand to skewer the rubberband. The one with the most is the winner.

3. Relay In The Rain
Form two teams with an equal number of players. Each team gets two buckets, one empty and one full of water and a plastic cup with three holes in the side. Set the empty bucket near the finish line. At the word “Go”, the first player from each team fills the cup with water, holds it over his head and runs to the finish line. When he reaches the bucket, he dumps the rest of the water in it, runs back to his team and the next player goes. The team with the most water in their finish line bucket is the winner.

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Summertime Fun With Your Family

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010 in Home & Family | Leave A Comment

This guest post is being shared by Carol Dell, one of our readers. 🙂

For a family, there is no time more exciting than holidays, birthdays, and the summer. Depending on how old your children are, or whether you and your significant other both work during the day, the summer can be very hectic or run smooth. I hope I can give you some tips to help you and your family have a remarkable, memorable summer, and hopefully hassle free.

By the time you know it, school will be starting up again. There are many fun activities to do during the summer that don’t require an enormous amount of cash. The first activity, which is almost a summer staple, is to either go swimming or visit a beach. Whether you own a pool, are a pool club member, or can pay to go to a local pool for a day, swimming is a great way to let the kids have fun in the sun.

If you are planning on going to a public pool, remember that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be the busiest days, so if your schedule allows it, try to go during the week. As mentioned before, another great way to spend a day with the kids is by going to the beach. If you’re within driving distance to a beach, this can be a perfect one time opportunity.

In order to save on costs, pack a lunch for your family beforehand. Enjoying sandwiches with your feet in the sand can be just as rewarding as going to a restaurant for lunch. On those really hot afternoons, devote a day to staying inside. Whether you decide to watch movies, play board games all day, partake in crafts, staying inside can break the routine of the stereotypical summer spent all outdoors.

A good way to add some education to your child’s summer would be to visit a museum, zoo, or aquarium. The admission prices will vary depending on where you choose to go, but the experience can definitely be rewarding. Just remember that certain features inside these attractions do cost extra, so it’s usually best to plan in advance and check the attraction’s website beforehand. This will give you a good overview of directions, hours, admission prices, and any other special features that may be available.

Whether you choose to go on vacation this summer, or stay at home, remember to try and make the best of it. You may work year round, but your children have worked pretty hard during the school year as well, and look forward to having a couple of months to themselves. Be safe, and have a great summer!

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